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Phyllis J. Johnson

June 27, 2013

Phyllis J. Johnson age 70 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at her home in Lincoln.  She was born on October 26, 1942 in Stotts City, Missouri to Albert and Alice (DeWald) Worm.  She graduated from Hebron High School.  Phyllis worked at Great Western Bank for 25 years as a branch manager.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ken of Lincoln; daughter, Terri and Dayle Mautz of Lincoln; sons, Tim Mittan of Lincoln; Andy and Lisa Mittan of Kissimmee, Florida; stepson, Kelly and Amy Johnson of Overland Park, Kansas; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Alberta and Gerald Meyer of Bennett, Nebraska; Alice Helget of Lincoln; Donna and Melvern Naiman of Belvidere, Nebraska; Kathy and Jay Dorman of Hebron, Nebraska; brother, Roy and Diana Worm of Fairbury, Nebraska.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Leona Polage and brother, Leonard Worm.

Cremation, no public visitation.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Road with Pastor Eric Bostrom officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.



Dean Eliot Sandahl

June 16, 2013

Dean Eliot Sandahl, 89, of Lincoln, died June 16, 2013 at the Legacy Arbors. He was born to Ernest George and Mabel Sophia (Nelson) Sandahl on September 8, 1923 at the Sandahl home place near Wakefield, NE. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, Wakefield, NE.

Dean graduated from Wakefield High School in 1940 and began college at Wayne State Teacher’s College, Wayne, NE. His education was interrupted by WWII. In March 1944 Dean enlisted in the Army, serving in the infantry and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured by the Germans on December 16, 1944 and became a prisoner of war at Stalag 9B at Bad Orb, Germany. Dean was liberated by American troops on Easter Monday in April 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his military service.

Dean returned to Wayne State and graduated January 1947. He became principal, teacher and coach at Roland High School, Roland, IA before returning to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for an Agricultural Engineering degree, utilizing the GI Bill. On June 10, 1949 Dean married Della Clarine Fischer at Salem Lutheran Church, Wakefield, NE.

Dean began his engineering career at the Nebraska Department of Roads, working until May 1973, when he became Chief Engineer with Nebraska Game and Parks. In October 1983 he returned to the Department of Roads as an engineer in the Bridge Division, and then retired April 1989.

While living in Lincoln, Dean was a member of First Lutheran Church, serving on the church council. In 1956 Dean became a charter member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in northeast Lincoln. Through the years he served on the church council, building committees, taught Sunday School and gave many hours of service in building projects.
Dean was also active in the Lincoln YMCA, Association of Conservation Engineers, Ex-POW organization, Habitat for Humanity and delivering Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Della; daughter, Linda Peterson of Hordville; sons and wives, Larry and Chalena Sandahl of Lincoln, and Bruce and Alisa Sandahl of Hastings; grandchildren and spouses: Eric and Aimee Peterson, Krisa and Jay Howland, Sarah and Brian McCoy, Laura Peterson, Tim and Emily Peterson, Matthew Sandahl, Brian Sandahl and Nathan Sandahl; great-grandchildren: Reese Howland, Ellee Howland and Fynnegan McCoy; brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Bonnie Sandahl, nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wayne Sandahl, son-in-law, Deryl Peterson and nephew, Ryan Sandahl.

Prayer service, Friday, June 21 at 7:30 pm and Celebration of Life, Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 am, both at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln, NE, Salem Lutheran Church, Wakefield, NE, or donor’s choice.

Phyllis N. Parks age 93 of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Tabitha in Lincoln. She was born on June 10, 1920 in Aurora, Nebraska. She graduated from Aurora High School. She was a nurse assistant at Tabitha from 1949 to 1952. Phyllis worked for the Lincoln Journal Star for 12 years during the 1950’s and 60’s and then as a bookkeeper at Hurlburts Cycle Shop. She was a lifetime member of the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club.

Phyllis is survived by her sons, Daniel E. Crawford of Dallas, TX; Michael A. and Elizabeth Crawford of Columbia, SC; Peter Crawford of Lincoln; daughter, Linda Marie and James Mull of Jackson, TN; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eldon Earl Crawford and James W. Parks, brothers and sisters.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. at Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Tabitha Foundation.

James Merle Elliott

June 11, 2013

Family and friends celebrate the life of James M. Elliott who went home to his Lord and Savior on June 10, 2013.

James will always be remembered for his infectious smile and his wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

James was born February 14, 1980 in Lincoln, NE to Gary and Charlotte (King) Elliott. He was a 1998 graduate of Lincoln Northeast High School where he was a member of the swim team. He graduated from Southeast Community College in 2008 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology-Truck. He was employed at Elliott Equipment Company in Omaha, NE, as a crane electrician. He was a member of Saint David’s Episcopal Church in Lincoln, NE.

James was blessed to have found love and happiness with Sepideh Aria. James and Sepi had many wonderful times together.

James is survived by his parents, Gary and Charlotte Elliott of Lincoln; Brothers Charles Elliott and fiancé Heather Neilan of Lincoln and Lance Elliott of Council Bluffs, IA. ; Nieces and nephews Kaitlyn and Kevin Elliott of Pace, FL and Isabel, Abigail, Callan, Ellie and Olivia Neilan of Lincoln, NE.; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and numerous friends. He is preceded in death by Grandparents Warren and Dorothy Elliott and Charles and Mary King.

Memorial service and mass will be held Saturday June 15, 2013, at 11 am, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 6001 A Street, Lincoln, NE. There will be a lunch following the service. Memorials to the Elliott Family for designation at a later date.

Deborah Anne (David) Pages, age 57, passed away Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013 with her sons by her side.  She was a lover of food, friends, and felines.  Deborah was a devoted mother to Fernando IV and Alejandro (Alex).

Survivors include her sons Fernando Pages IV, and Alejandro David Pages.  Brothers: Jon David and Brian David.

CHANGE OF DATE:  Services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at First Plymouth Church, 2000 D street, Lincoln. 

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Bryan Foundation, 1600 S. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE  68506 or online at www.bryanhealth.com/bryanfoundation.

Dennis D. Osburn

June 6, 2013

Dennis D. Osburn, 60, passed away at home on June 6, 2013. Retired U.S. Marine, Desert Storm, recent employer Duncan Aviation. A celebration of Dennis’ life will be on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 am at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street. Memorials to the family for future designation.

Survived by wife Lois, daughter Amy Crawford, son Dennis Junior and wife Nicole, stepson John Bilka and wife Yesenia, Tanya Bilka and Tray, grandchildren Maranda, Brandi, Sarah, Joshua, Samantha, Bethany, Justus, Zephaniah, Gabby, Adrian, great granddaughter Sheree, mother Maxine Osburn, sister Pam Threet. Fond memories with brother in Christ, Tyler Brown and wife Annet. Preceded in death by father Dennis LeRoy, sister Sandy, brother Greg and grandson Caleb. Enjoyed fishing, hunting, remote control airplanes, sang and played guitar.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Ava Leona Hitchcock

June 3, 2013

Ava Leona Hitchcock, age 87, of Lincoln, died June 1, 2013.  She was born August 24, 1925 in Beach, North Dakota to Harvey Eugene and Leona Bell (Mack) Knoblock.  Ava was worked as a homemaker, bookkeeper and landlord.  She also enjoyed all kinds animals, especially cats, from big cats to kitty cats.

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Hitchcock of Lincoln.  Sons and daughter-in-law:  Tim and Gayle Hitchcock of Lincoln, Kevin Hitchcock of California and Ben Hitchcock of Greeley, Colorado.  Daughter and son-in-law: Lloydette and Bob Norval of Lincoln.  Grandchildren, Debbie, Star Lynn, Brandon, Justin, Patricia and Brittany Hitchcock.  Sheaah and Jaden Norval.  She was preceded in death by her son Marion Daniel Hitchcock, granddaughter:  Jennifer Hitchcock, sister: Loris Schwisow, brother: Harvey Knoblock and her parents.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. until service time at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials may be left to the family.

Paul Victor Smith

June 2, 2013

Paul Victor Smith age 71 and one month of Lincoln, Nebraska died on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Tabitha Journey House in Lincoln. He was born on May 3, 1942 at Knoxville, Tennessee.  He was baptized at the Fridley Creek in Sweetwater, Tennessee at the age of nine.  His biological parents were Joseph R. Hope and Gladys Cupp and his adoptive parents were John W. and Kate Smith of Sweetwater, Tennessee.  Paul’s life partner since 1997 is Janice (nee Hoefer) Walker.

Paul was a truck driver for many years.  He worked at several other jobs after retiring from trucking.  He was a volunteer at Tabitha Health Services and was the recipient of Tabitha’s Presidential Volunteer Award for ten years of faithful service.  Paul’s hobbies included collecting toy cars, stuffed animals and reading.  He was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

Mourning his death and celebrating his life are his life partner, Janice of Lincoln; sister, Betty Lee Hope of Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law, Norma Hope of Loudon, TN; stepson, Larry (Debra) Stotts of Lincoln; step-daughter, Barbara (Bill) Pickerill of Lincoln and 4 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Earl in 2011 and a cousin, Luther Harper.

May Paul rest in God’s eternal peace.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family present.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington St.

Burial will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family or Grace Lutheran Church.


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